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Pokimane suspicious about Amouranth’s influx of Twitch followers

Published: 31/Oct/2019 12:54 Updated: 2/Nov/2019 10:03

by Calum Patterson

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Imane ‘Pokimane‘ Anys is the most followed female streamer on Twitch, with over three million loyal fans, but second-placed Amouranth has been gaining on her fast following a controversial ban, leaving Anys somewhat puzzled.

In September, Amouranth was handed a three-day suspension from the platform after an accidental wardrobe malfunction left her momentarily exposed.

However, the ban was far from a low point in her streaming career, as the incident and the ensuing drama surrounding it helped boost her follower count by almost 50%, in the week after her return.

Since then, Amouranth’s channel has been knocked down by almost 300,000 followers, perhaps due to some of the follows not being legitimate accounts.

SocialBladeOver 290,000 followers were lost on Amouranth’s channel on October 29.

The inflated follower count took her channel from the third most-followed female streamer to the second, overtaking KittyPlays and moving just behind Pokimane, with over 400,000 new followers.

Discussing on stream on October 30, Pokimane explained her opinion on the controversy. “When I heard that Amouranth got like hundreds of thousands of followers after she had an oopsie on stream, I was so confused.

“The ruthless businesswoman within me, very conflicted,” she said, before laughing and saying she was “memeing, but I actually didn’t understand, like where? Where do these people come from? It was like 400,000!”

Her confusion stemmed from the fact that most regular Twitch viewers will “know” Amouranth’s stream content already, and so these new followers must have been new users to Twitch, who discovered her through the controversy.

The second point of confusion was that Amouranth’s viewership didn’t see massive increase either: “It’s not like she quadrupled her viewership either, so?”

Concluding, Anys explained that she’s “not even mad” because the influx of new users on Twitch could just as easily benefit her own channel too.

Unfortunately, it appears that many of these new followers were not actually new users at all, with over 290,000 follows removed from Amouranth on October 29.

Overall though, it was still a net gain for her channel, which has increased by about 40,000 followers compared to before her ban.

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Dream responds to #dreamwaswrong trending on Twitter

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:53

by Theo Salaun

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YouTuber and Minecraft content creator Dream has finally responded to the #dreamwaswrong trend on Twitter, using his DreamWasTaken account to assert he disavows the behavior displayed by some of his fans.

Dream and his cohorts, including known creators like Tommyinnit and GeorgeNotFound, are incredibly popular on YouTube and beyond thanks to an infinitum of Dream Team videos and the Dream SMP server.

While that level of fame means possibility for mainstream collaboration with the likes of superstar TikTok influencer Addison Rae, it also comes with downsides. Notably, #dreamwaswrong began trending on Twitter as fans blamed Dream for encouraging his stans, some of whom are prone to producing inappropriate fan art involving minors.

As critics explain, Dream’s love for his fans supposedly equates to egging on the ways they express their fandom — thereby supporting the production of “CP.” In response, he explained: “I’ve said this before but don’t ship creators that are uncomfortable with it, and especially not minors. It’s disgusting to draw NSFW stuff about minors or anyone that hasn’t explicitly said it’s fine.”

After addressing the drama directly, by reaffirming that “NSFW stuff about minors” is distasteful, Dream continued on to explain why it’s unfair to misgeneralize his role in the production of such content.

In a follow-up tweet aimed at defending his support for his fans, the Minecraft YouTuber said, “With 16 million subscribers that’s 1 out of every 480 people IN THE WORLD that are subscribed. There’s bound to be thousands of terrible people, but there’s also bound to be millions of great ones. If you’re looking for hate or disgusting stuff, you’ll find it. Stop looking.”

As he shows, boasting 16 million subscribers on YouTube means that “out of every 480 people in the world,” at least one is a fan of Dream’s content. That is an enormous quantity of supporters, and it should not be surprising that there are “thousands of terrible people” within the millions of fans.

This sentiment appears to be echoed by his fans — as many have resurfaced earlier videos showing that the content creator has never specifically encouraged the creation of relationship fanfiction or “CP.”

It remains unclear how satisfied people are with Dream’s response, but the overall sentiment appears to be positive. While it feels unreasonable to expect a creator to be wholly responsible for the actions of their audience, this incident does provide a cautionary tale.

Considering this “disgusting” group of Dream’s stans, the prevailing community critique remains: If you are an influencer, you have some obligation to directly and quickly curtail negative behavior by those you influence.